Kate Middleton Looks Lovely In Navy Dress, Nude Pumps At IWM London

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, spent some time visiting the Imperial War Museum in London, England, on Wednesday. Her visit comes in advance of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and she looked lovely as always.

The royal wore a structured navy blue dress with three-quarter length bell sleeves for the visit, paired with nude heels and a matching nude clutch handbag. Her brown hair was styled down in bouncy waves.

According to the Kensington Palace’s Instagram Story, the duchess visited the museum to learn about her great-grandmother Olive’s three brothers — Kate’s great-uncles — who fought and lost their lives in World War I.

Her royal highness toured the First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum, learning more about the experiences of her relatives during their time on the front line. People reported that Kate met historians, curators, and a fellow descendant of a First World War soldier.

The Duchess was also shown her great-grandmother’s VAD nursing registration card. According to the Kensington Palace’s Twitter account, both Olive and her sister Anne were nurses with the British Red Cross during the war.

Kate’s great-great-grandfather Francis Martineau Lupton was father to five children. His three sons — Major Francis Lupton, Captain Maurice Lupton, and Lieutenant Lionel Lupton — were killed in action during World War I. During their time in the trenches, the soldiers corresponded with Kate’s great-grandmother Olive, who worked as a nurse, and her great-grandfather Lieutenant Richard Noel Middleton — Olive’s husband.

Kate had the opportunity to view family documents, including some of the letters sent home by her great-uncles.

Some of the documents, also shared to Kensington Palace’s Instagram story, included a postcard that Lionel sent home on the day that he was killed in action in 1915, a telegram sent by The Duchess’ great-grandfather Noel — who had been searching for Francis in France — and a telegram informing the family of the death of Maurice Lupton.

The Duchess was also shown a letter of condolence sent on behalf of King George V to her great-great grandfather following the death of his son, Francis, in 1917.

“These documents form part of the #IWMLondon’s document archive, which provides a means to research, reflect and remember the extraordinary contribution and sacrifice made by so [many] families during the First World War,” Kensington Palace’s Twitter account wrote.

Kate previously spoke about her great-grandmother’s experiences as a nurse during the war in February, while visiting St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, People reported.

“This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses,” she said in a speech. “They would have learned first-hand from working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Red Cross about the care and compassion that sometimes only nurses can provide.”